Saturday, October 4, 2014

THE KENNEDY CATS, part two

by Mary Kennedy
 
 
Part two of the Kennedy Cats. Since I have 8 cats, I couldn't fit them all on one blog. If you didn't read Part One, last Saturday, Kennedy Cats part one Oliver, Henry, Clyde and Calpurnia will be wildly disappointed. So please go there right now or I'll never hear the end of it. Cats can be divas, you know. They all want their moment in the sun. Okay, are you all caught up?

Let's start with today's 4 cats. Pictured above is Eliza, a little tuxedo cat. She's a highly resilient cat and she is (or was, their romance has cooled a little) Clyde's girlfriend. Clyde is a beat up orange and white Tom cat I was feeding. For some reason, I could never persuade him to come inside.
                                                       
 
And then everything changed.
 
One night Clyde brought his pregnant girlfriend (Eliza) to my house for dinner. (He was too cheap to take her to Red Robin.) It was bitterly cold and he stood by and guarded her while she ate; he didn't eat a bite of food himself. I managed to lure Eliza onto the sun porch and she gave birth to five kittens two days later. (Five kittens--the gift that keeps on giving.)
 
Meanwhile Clyde continued to be on the prowl, but I eventually trapped him and now he is a happy house cat. He has the run of the house but he adores the sun porch and spends hours out there watching the birds and squirrels;  relaxing and happy to be an indoor cat. He loves to be pet and be brushed, but I'm the only one who can get close to him. The sun porch is heated and air conditioned and it is cat heaven.
                                                         
                                         
Like many semi-feral cats, I seem to be the only person Clyde has bonded with. I'm sure he was a housecat at one time, but I think someone dumped him and he's had a rough life. When cats are forced to live on their own like that, they often acquire "feral ways" and become mistrustful of humans.
 
Fur-Face, (her real name is Felicia) is an adorable calico and one of Eliza and Clyde's five kittens.
                                                         

She's the kitty on the far right. She was the feistiest of the kittens, and still is first in line at chow time. (In case you're wondering what happened to the other four kittens, I found wonderful homes for them.)

Shadow had a sad history. I found him curled up in the rain, weak and emaciated, hiding under a bush in the garden. He was starving, missing half his fur and immediately wolfed down two cans of cat food. He looks quite handsome with his lion cut for summer and has such a sweet personality.
                                                          

So now you've gotten a look at the 8 Kennedy cats and we'll kick off a contest this week and another one at the end of the month. I'll be giving away fun prizes for humans (a large box of chocolate pretzels, a very nice tote bag that folds into a clutch) and oodles of cat toys! (including something called "catnip candy mice" that sound a little strange, but I assure you, they exist.) They're made of compressed catnip.
                                                                                                                 
 
So stay tuned, and I promise to get the contest up and running this week. It will be easy to enter, all you have to do will be leave a comment, send me a message with your name and e-mail addy. More later from the Kennedy Cats and The Cozy Chicks!!
 
Mary Kennedy

30 comments:

Lynda Turpin said...

Thanks for sharing your furry family with us. I enjoyed reading about Henry, Oliver, Oscar and Calpurnia last week, and enjoyed getting to now the rest of the Kennedy Cats. But I am NOT going to let my cats see that sun room! They would be so jealous and would never let me forget that I have not provided them with proper accommodations. Actually - I wouldn't mind living in that room either.

Eliza is a beauty, and she certainly had beautiful babies. I can see why Clyde was taken with her. And I love Clyde's sweet face. He looks like he has "seen it all" and survived. In the picture of the kittens, Felicia (Fur-Face - love that name) looks like she would be a handful. And Shadow looks very handsome with his lion cut. I'm so glad you were able to rescue him - how sad that he ended up in that condition.

I have never heard of catnip candy mice. Sounds interesting. And good luck with your National Cat Month contest, Mary - I'm sure it will be a success, since so many cozy readers are cat people.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Lynda, thanks for stopping by! And thank you for admiring my fur babies!! You are so right about Clyde--he truly has seen it all, and I'm glad I can make his life a little easier. You have done so much with foster kitties, I admire you!

Kuzlin said...

Lovely cats! Thanks for sharing their stories. Looking forward to your contest both for me and my fur baby.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I love your cats.. They are all so cute. I have a tuxedo named Bessie. She is the boss of the house. Looking at her this morning, I know she should loose weight. She is about 13 years old now, I think. I should look it up. Someone dropped her off with her 2 sisters and mother at my Vets. It was a month after my first cat died. She loves to sleep near my legs and at my feet but will not let me pick her up. Runs away when anyone comes in the house and hides. This is only the second cat I have had. Was always a dog person before but now a Cat person. Bessie says hi to all your cats.

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mary kennedy said...

Please check out yesteday's blog on the Cozy Chicks. Lorraine Bartlett made some fabulous graphics. We're gearing up to celebrate National Cat Month on the Cozy Chicks.

Katreader said...

I love reading about the rest of your feline family. Mine all say hello. Shadow is adorable! I'm so pleased he has a happy life now.

Nancy said...

Mary, your cats are wonderful and lucky to have had you rescue them. I know from experience that they give so much back.

mary kennedy said...

Thanks, Katreader!! Shadow's lion cut is almost all grown in by now, I think I'll post a new photo of him on next Saturday's blog. People can vote on which look they prefer :-)

Anonymous said...

Love 'em!

Kait said...

As a fellow owner of 8 rescues (there was a reason the hobo symbol for nice lady was a smiling cat) I say kudos! Your cats have landed in the very best of situations. Isn't it amazing how much inspiration they provide. Each of my series heroines has a cat, I can't imagine how one lives without one! Now, if I could just get Fred's paw off the keyboard...

Grandma Cootie said...

Nice to meet the rest of the family!

mary kennedy said...

Thanks so much, Grandma Cootie!!

mary kennedy said...

Kait, that's fantastic. We can't get enough of these cats, can we? If you figure out a way to keep the cats off the keyboard, please let me know!

mary kennedy said...

Thanks, Patricia!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Nancy, they certainly do. I can't imagine life without them...

Linda Rima said...

Photobucket pops up in the middle of you blog post. Can't close it and blocks photo. Blog is apparently still not compatible with iPad.

teachgiftedkids said...

You are a very special person - at least with the kitties! Don't know you that well yet! I also brought home a half-feral cat that was born outside my classroom door at school. He had escaped the litter and ended up outside my classroom. We found the rest of the litter the next day. Bo was 12 oz when I had the vet check check her out. Today, five years later, she is at least 12 pounds! Very feisty and owns the house. Doesn't like men with hats, noisy kids, or her litter box! Poor me. Luckily most of my house has hardwood floors. Her daddy is still around my old school yard. I've always had cats but never 8 at one time. Congratulations on your special brood. Your love shows.

mary kennedy said...

Oh no, I am so sorry. I'm too low tech to know why that is happening. The pictures are so cute, I wish you could see them, Linda. If you message me your e-mail addy, I will copy and paste the text and photos and send them to you as an e-mail..

mary kennedy said...

I wonder why Bo doesn't like the litter box--that would be incredibly frustrating! I do have one cat, Oscar, who has a history of bladder problems and has suffered a great deal. He has to have a box with newspaper (instead of litter). He associates litter with "pain" so I had to come up with this solution. If I hadn't come up with that solution, I don't know what I would have done. Glad you liked the blog and the kitties!

Liz Straw said...

The very first cat I had was one my younger brother and I laid a trail of food for leading into our garage when I was around 10. Her name was Kitty, because all she would come to was here kitty, kitty, kitty. I know am the proud human of George a female cat. (My great-uncle always called my great-aunts long haired tortoise cat George, her real name was India and I also love Nancy Drew and her side kick George). George is my 4th cat, and I also have a dog Louie. My first cat was a Tuxedo cat, Beggar, that loved walking on a leash, He lived until he was 18. When I shared a house with a friend we had four cats between us, I had Louie (yes, the same name as my dog) who was the biggest cat - not overweight at 26 pounds and Annie who we believe was part Russian Blue. Annie prefered to walk above the floor level and was often found perched on top of doors, the refrigerator, my shoulders, the tops of bookcases and if the ladder came out she was the first one to the top. That house had 13 feet ceiling. All my cats have lived to be at least 17 and most older. Right now George is testing my father on seeing if he can make it through his second year. Annie was rescued off Broadway in Nashville, TN - but her name comes from the first lady of preservation Ann Pamela Cunningham, the woman who saved Mt. Veron. Louie (cat and dog) are named after my favorite architect Louis Sullivan.

Mary Strickland said...

Wonder blog about the felines that claim you as their loyal human. They recognized your kind heart, but mostly for being a pushover for a loving purr and innocent look. LOL Mary Strickland and Kit - Kat maryannstrickland555@yahoo.com

mary kennedy said...

Hi Liz, you have some wonderful pets, it is always nice to meet a fellow animal lover! And I love the names you gave them!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Mary, glad you and Kit Kat enjoyed hearing about my wonderful (and sometimes neurotic cats). Our pets keep lives interesting, don't they?

Sue said...

It's so wonderful that the cats love and trust you as much as you love them. I have 2 cats and 2 dogs---and would have more but my husband stops me.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

It is so nice to hear about the comings and goings of your animal family! We have three female cats and a male recently came (all fixed now) - did any of your cats have particular trouble to a new cat? Our latest one came to us in a storm, cold and hungry.He ate just like your Shadow did. However, he freaks the other cats out. He does play real well with the dog (they chase each other around the house). I hope that they all become closer. Teri Lenz shado85455@aol.com

mary kennedy said...

I did have trouble with one cat who (briefly) terrorized my other cats. I called him "my little sociopath." I wrote a whole blog about how I cured him. Well, sort of cured him. Here's the link, you might enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by http://www.cozychicksblog.com/2014/06/how-i-cured-my-little-sociopath.html

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mary kennedy said...

I hear ya on that one, Sue. My husband calls it "my expensive hobby." My vet bills are outrageous. If only my cats had health insurance.

Jeanne said...

I have 5 rescue cats, Zorro and Shadow are 10. Jasper, Trouble, and Smudge are 7. They are litter mates and I couldn't break them up. I am fortunate that they all get along. I was feeling under the weather so we all spent the day cuddling in bed today.